PRINCE OF DARKNESS
1987, Universal, 102 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

When a group of physics graduate students are contacted by a priest to investigate a vat seemingly abandoned in the basement of a dilapidated Los Angeles church, they have little idea of the true evil inhabiting the vat's phosphorescent green liquid. As the Satan-possessed liquid comes to life and wreaks lethal havoc, the students - the surviving ones, that is - must confront and somehow surmount the work of the Devil himself. With Donald Pleasance, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker and Alice Cooper.


IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS
1995, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Hired investigator Sam Neill discovers reclusive horror writer Jurgen Prochnow (DAS BOOT) in a tiny New England town, but isn’t prepared for the terrifying reality warp that follows, in this wild, H.P. Lovecraft-inspired romp through the demonic looking glass. With a terrific supporting cast that includes David Warner and Charlton Heston.


PEEPING TOM
1960, Rialto Pictures, 101 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell

Almost universally reviled by critics on its initial run but now considered a masterpiece of psychological horror, PEEPING TOM all but killed Powell’s career when it was released. In an unforgettably creepy and affecting performance, Carl Boehm stars as a shy, gentle photographer, who is really a tormented serial killer filming his female victims at their moment of death. Boehm’s crush on boarding-house tenant Helen (Anna Massey) brings on a crisis that can result only in redemption or destruction. Insightful and subversive, PEEPING TOM poses difficult questions about the universal desire for voyeuristic thrills and the very nature of watching film.


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